- Non-government body SERAP wants President Buhari, Vice President Osinbajo as well 36 state governors and their deputies to publicly declare their assets in 7 days
- SERAP says it filed FOI requests on Saturday, January 3 for all the information it is demanding for
- Failure of the government officials to provide the said information would lead to legal action, SERAP says
President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo have been given a 7-day ultimatum within which to publicly declare their assets.
The ultimatum was issued by the non-governmental body, Socio-Economic Right And Accountability Project (SERAP) on Saturday, January 4.
SERAP confirmed the development in a post on its official Twitter handle and an article on its website.
According to the organisation, the country's 36 state governors and their deputies have all been issued the same directive in Freedom of Information (FOI) requests dated Saturday, January 3, 2020, and signed by SERAP's deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare.
SERAP says all the elected government officials should: “clarify within 7 days of the receipt and/or publication of this letter, if you have had any reason to review and update the asset declarations submitted to the CCB, and to provide the summary of any such review; failing which we will take all appropriate legal action to compel you to comply with our request.”
The non-governmental organisation explained what the president, vice president and others must reveal.
It wrote: "The summary of assets to be disclosed include, where applicable, the following: savings and other liquid assets, all immovable property and shares and actions in any private and public companies; property purchased by way of tender from any public-law entities and information about businesses owned.”
SERAP describes itself as "a nonprofit, nonpartisan, legal & advocacy org. devoted to promoting transparency, accountability & respect for socio-economic rights in Nigeria."
Legit.ng reported in May 2019 that President Buhari, in compliance with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, submitted his assets declaration forms to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).
The submission of an assets declaration form, according to Nigeria's constitution, must precede the president's oath-taking which was slated for Wednesday, May 29.
A statement by Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity said the duly completed forms were submitted to the chairman of the CCB, Professor Mohammed Isa, on behalf of the president by Sarki Abba, senior special assistant, Household and Domestic Affairs.
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